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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER IP VIDEO DIGITAL MICROWAVE Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) has launched the RF Central Mini DirectVu handheld video assist diversity receiver. The Mini DirectVu is a COFDM (DVB-T compliant) dual- input device with an integrated five- inch high brightness touchscreen LCD display. It features MPEG-4 (H.264) and MPEG-2 high profile auto detect decoding. “We based the new Mini DirectVu on our existing nine-inch DirectVu, which allows us to provide an unequalled value in a high-quality COFDM receiver/monitor for ENG, confidence monitoring, sporting events and video-assist applications,” said John Payne IV, president of IMT. SOFTWARE-DEFINED VIDEO Elemental Technologies has announced that it is providing the technology platform for a raft of new 4k Ultra HD OTT and direct-to-home (DTH) services in South Korea including those launched by KT and SK Broadband. “South Korea is at the forefront of 4k in Asia,” said David Godfrey, Elemental vice president for the region. “Elemental is very excited to be working with both KT and SK Broadband on their UHD multiscreen services from initial launch to recent expansions. Audiences are clearly voting with their subscriptions for the crisp, lifelike images of 4k video.” 26 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016 Vodafone Ireland has bought a Software Defined Monitoring (SDM) platform from Mariner xVu, it has been announced. Vodafone Ireland will use the analytics software across its IP video service to enhance subscriber quality of experience (QoE) and customer quality of service (QoS). “Mariner xVu enables operations and customer care teams to manage the next generation of video and high speed broadband experiences,” said Shaun McDonald, senior vice president, business development and marketing at Mariner xVu. “With a view to excellence in consumer experience management, operators like Vodafone Ireland are investing in software technology that gives a time advantage, as the volume and speed of video entertainment grows.” VIDEO ENCODING Basketball team the Sacramento Kings has chosen technology from Vitec to provide HD, ultra-low-latency IP streaming and digital signage capabilities throughout its new arena, the Golden 1 Centre. The purchased technology includes Vitec’s EZ TV IPTV Venue Solution. “It is a dynamic and comprehensive solution that allows stadiums and arenas to stream high-quality, live on-demand video over their existing IP infrastructure,” said Michael Chorpash, vice president of sales at Vitec. “Using our IPTV solution, Golden 1 Centre will be able to deliver a one-of-a-kind fan experience, drive revenue opportunities, and manage a complete IPTV and digital signage experience through a single centralized system.”